Health Care Diversity

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Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity Introduction Health care providers practice in all different settings, in all different parts of the world. The United States has attracted people who have immigrated to America from all over the world, and have brought with them their culture and their faith. As health care providers, the acceptance of the diversity of these faiths is mandatory in order to effectively treat all individuals from these different belief systems. In this paper the author will compare the similarities and differences between the philosophies for providing care from the perspective of the Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh faiths compared to that of the Christian perspective. Hinduism Hinduism is one of the oldest world religions…show more content…
Karma is the universal law that what you put out into the world whether it be good or bad, comes back to you. Married women often wear a bindi red dot on the forehead protects them from the evil eye and wards off sickness. Prolonging life after a person's time for death has come interferes in the karma of that person and does not allow the soul to move back into the cycle of reincarnation. Hindus prefer to die at home and death rituals are performed such as facing the body south, and holy ash or sandalwood paste applied to the forehead. Incense is kept burning near the head of the body; cremation is required after death (Loma Linda University Health System, n.d., p.…show more content…
The followers believe in following the Four Noble Truths which deals with suffering and how to eliminate it by following the Eightfold Path. They believe that life is only temporary and is basically full of pain. From the Buddhist perspective, the mind is the creator of sickness and health. The mind is believed to be the creator of all of their problems. Disease is caused by internal not external factors (Numrich, 2001). Buddhism faith is about do good, do no harm and meditate. By following the Eightfold path one can escape the cycle of reincarnation and attain nirvana. Buddhists create confidence through meditation which is important to healing. They believe that a spiritually focused person will not become sick. If they do become ill, cure can be obtained through correcting your thinking or by using herbal remedies. Buddhists practice yoga to achieve self-confidence, which enables them to reduce the suffering of illness. Buddhists believe that death is a transition into the next life. It is important to provide a quiet environment at the time of death; if one dies in a good state of mind they will be more likely to have a good rebirth. Family may recite mantras or prayers to help maintain a good state of mind. When the person has passed away, it is important to allow the family members to wash and adorn the body. Western medicine is thought to weaken the body (Numrich,

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